A Devon school has scooped the title of junior National Schools’ First Aid champions in the finals of the St John Ambulance competition.
The team from Abbey School in Torquay was presented with their prize by WICKED actress Nikki Davis-Jones.
The battle between school first aid teams was held at the Natural History Museum in London on June 29. Eleven junior and ten senior teams competed in each category to claim victory but Abbey School outshone the other pupils with their knowledge and teamwork.
The five-strong teams, who learnt first aid at school through St John Ambulance, had already beaten local rivals in a regional round in Somerset in May by showing their ability to remain confident when applying first aid and communicating effectively within a team.
They challenged other junior schools by using each team member’s’ initiative and taking the lead in scenarios such as how to handle a dog bite, dislocations and an amputation.
The school’s First Aid teacher Fleur Greinig, said: “We’re very proud of our team and delighted by their success in the competition. First aid is something that every child can and should learn and it’s a key skill for life.
“Through St John Ambulance’s training and resources we’re helping to equip an entire generation with the confidence and ability to save lives… and we love doing it. The children have already rated this event their best outing ever!”
Members of the winning team (pictured left to right) were: Lucy Rumbelow 10, Abdal Agbabiaka 11 (team captain), Davina Procter 10 (reserve), Charlotte Drewett,10, and Harrison Wood, 11.
Abdal and Harrison also won the pairs competition when each of the 11 teams split into two pairs to test their skills in a variety of first aid scenarios.
Prizes were given by Nikki Davis-Jones who plays Elphaba in the hit West End musical WICKED. The show is committed to educating pupils in first aid and has launched a new resource for teachers – teachthedifference.org.uk – with St John Ambulance.
Nikki presented the Abbey School team with their awards of £1,000 prize money to be spent on equipment for their school and team winners also received individual prizes.
All participants learnt their first aid skills with St John Ambulance, using resources such as teachthedifference.org.uk, which gives teachers everything they need to teach basic first aid skills so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.